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Patrick Sweany

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

By Brian Baker · July 1st, 2014 · Sound Advice
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If fame and fortune were merely by-products of well-placed connections, Blues guitarist Patrick Sweany would have a kidney-shaped pool filled with Dom Pérignon and he’d be ducking the paparazzi every time he walked out the front door. 

As it stands, the Massillon, Ohio, native has a solid 15-year career as a journeyman Blues guitarist thanks to a tireless work ethic and a boundless sense of both tradition and innovation.

Sweany began in the ’90s as an acoustic guitarist on the Blues festival circuit, releasing his debut album, I Wanna Tell You, in 1999 at age 25. Two years later, Sweany plugged in and formed the Patrick Sweany Band, an electric Blues trio with a twist; patterned after Hound Dog Taylor’s bass-less Houserockers, Sweany’s band was comprised of two guitarists and a drummer.

Sweany’s many baritone guitarists over the years have included The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Ted Pecchio from The Codetalkers, and Patrick Sweany Band’s drum kit has been bashed by a Spinal Tap-ish number of beatkeepers. 

Sweany signed with Nine Mil Records in 2006 and dropped the astonishing C’mon C’mere, co-produced by Auerbach and noted Blues aficionado Jimbo Mathus, former frontman of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The album found Sweany weaving elements of Soul, Country and ‘50s-tinted Rock into his distinct Blues repertoire, garnering him a great deal of praise from fans and critics within and beyond the Blues community.

Sweany’s subsequent releases — 2007’s Auerbach-produced Every Hour is a Dollar Gone and 2011’s That Old Southern Drag — were similarly acclaimed, ultimately leading to last year’s career-best for the vocalist/guitarist, Close to the Floor. Reflecting a sound that hewed closer to Soul while still maintaining a toehold in the Blues, Sweany crafted a 10-song set that inspired appropriate comparisons to the likes of the recently deceased Bobby Womack and Otis Rush.

Sweany is most definitely not your daddy’s bluesman; he’s a Country crooner, a Soul shouter and a rocker with plenty of roll. Record store clerks, the few that remain, will put him the Blues section, but to Sweany, it’s all just music.
PATRICK SWEANY plays Southgate House Revival at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3. Tickets/more info here.


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